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Computer Hardware Engineer Salary

Men make up the majority of Computer Hardware Engineers in the United States, bringing in about $73K annually. Overall incomes of Computer Hardware Engineers generally bottom out at around $41K and peak near $114K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $10K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Computer Hardware Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$45,907 - $111,245
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$46K
$73K
$110K
MEDIAN: $73,005
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$9.00 - $38.50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,907 - $111,245  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,351  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,067  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$40,767 - $114,021  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 320
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$9.00 - $38.50  
   
Overtime
$15.26 - $76.30  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,351  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,067  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$40,767 - $114,021  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 34

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Job Description for Computer Hardware Engineer

Computer hardware engineers develop computer hardware and systems, designing products such as computer chips, circuit boards, modems, and printers, among others. They assess the needs of their clients or organization related to computer hardware systems, recommending hardware that will fill that need. Computer hardware engineers create designs for hardware, developing options that include cost estimates and logistical details. During the development process, these engineers analyze and test hardware, helping resolve any problems that arise. Computer hardware engineers must be able to recommend inspections and suggest any modifications that would increase systems' performance. They review systems with colleagues to ensure they meet all relevant specifications and standards.

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Computer Hardware Engineer Tasks

  • Research, design, develop, and test computer or computer-related equipment.
  • Provide technical support to team members.
  • Define and coordinate corrective action changes.
  • Write documentation and test specifications.

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Popular Skills for Computer Hardware Engineer


Survey results show that Computer Hardware Engineers use a fair number of skills. Lucky workers who know verilog can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 30 percent above average. Engineering Design and Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 9 percent and 30 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Java. Those proficient in C are, more often than not, also skilled in Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) and C++.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Hardware Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Computer Hardware Engineers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $65K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $84K. Computer Hardware Engineers bring in $91K after working for 10 to 20 years. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $107K.

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Experience Affects Computer Hardware Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 48%

Experienced
up arrow 26%

Mid-Career
up arrow 16%

National Average
$72,000


Skills That Affect Computer Hardware Engineer Salaries

verilog
up arrow 30%


Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)
up arrow 9%

C
up arrow 5%

C++
up arrow 4%

National Average
$72,000

Java
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 6%
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